Birding Basics: What You Need To Know To Start Bird Watching  — Natural History Wanderings

NPR writes about tips on starting to watch birds There is no “right” or “correct” way to observe birds. You can enjoy them however you like! Maybe you’re doing the dishes, you spot a Northern Mockingbird outside of your kitchen window, and you pause to appreciate it — that’s birding! Maybe you’re taking a moment […]

Birding Basics: What You Need To Know To Start Bird Watching  — Natural History Wanderings

Olive Woodpecker — de Wets Wild

Dendropicos griseocephalus Despite being a common bird in its preferred montane forest habitat, the Olive Woodpecker is secretive and doesn’t spend much time in the open, preferring to forage in dense leaf cover in the canopies of the forest trees. They feed mainly on insects and other invertebrates discovered while pecking behind bark and probing […]

Olive Woodpecker — de Wets Wild

Good news on Snowy Plover habitat — Natural History Wanderings

Golden Gate Audubon reports This week the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service designated 24,527 acres along the Pacific Coast as critical habitat for endangered Western Snowy Plovers — an important step towards ensuring the species’ recovery and ultimate survival. The FWS action ends several years of legal conflict over how much land would be designated […]

Good news on Snowy Plover habitat — Natural History Wanderings

Help The Birds – Build a Birdbath — Natural History Wanderings

from Audubon A crafty way to help local birds Native plants are a great way to make your yard attractive to birds as well as to add beauty to your everyday life. But why stop there? There are many fun and easy DIY projects that will make your space even more welcoming to birds. For […]

Help The Birds – Build a Birdbath — Natural History Wanderings

European Swift — biodiversitynews.org

European common swifts winter in central and southern Africa before migrating north in spring Swifts are even more swift than scientists thought, with new tracking technology showing the migrating birds cover an average of 570 kilometres (354 miles) per day, 70 kilometres more than previously estimated. New tracking data also recorded one individual travelling 830 […]

Weekly round-up: May 23 — biodiversitynews.org

Gardening For Wildlife — Wild Open Eye – Natural Vision, News from Wild Open Eye

As we are still suffering the impacts of the invasive Corona Virus, I don’t think I need to dwell on the undesirability of invasives but should rather talk about the positive ramifications within our ecosystem that arises from planting and propagating native species which can be superbly decorative and have native wildlife value. Do you […]

Gardening For Wildlife — Wild Open Eye – Natural Vision, News from Wild Open Eye

Dark-backed Weaver — de Wets Wild

Ploceus bicolor The Afrikaans name for the Dark-backed Weaver is Bosmusikant – “Bush musician” – and a most descriptive moniker that is given its melodious whistling tune, often delivered in duet. This bird has an extremely patchy distribution over the southern half of Africa. Locally they’re found in evergreen forests and dense riverine woodland along our […]

Dark-backed Weaver — de Wets Wild

Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley 6/29/21 — Natural History Wanderings

Iconic Bird – Iconic Tower:     Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley Tuesday, June 29, 2021     1:00-2:00 PM PT Presented Online via Zoom Click Here to Register Host organization: UC Retirees’ Association at Berkeley (UCRAB) Speakers: Sean Peterson and Lynn Schofield We hope you will join UCRAB for a presentation by Sean Peterson and Lynn […]

Peregrine Falcons at UC Berkeley 6/29/21 — Natural History Wanderings

Black Harrier — de Wets Wild

Circus maurus The Black Harrier is an endangered bird of prey that is found only in South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia. The IUCN estimates that there are less than a 1000 birds left, and that their population is still declining due to loss of breeding habitat to agriculture, associated pesticides, alien plants and urban development. […]

Black Harrier — de Wets Wild

Native plants help birds weather the change — Natural History Wanderings

from Audubon Did you know that native plants can help birds as they face a warming world? Birds—whether migratory visitors or the backyard friends we see year-round—face myriad threats, including our warming climate. As a home gardener, there are small steps you can take to protect them and create a brighter future for us all. […]

Native plants help birds weather the change — Natural History Wanderings